Spanish ham, shorts torn crotchless and half-slashed--
an affection, pleasant desecration;
call these the motions of attacking and repose,
your rest itself a motion, space between
this tone and the next, the change-over from
the midnight shift at the funeral parlor
to the morning boys arriving Hardee’s -
biscuit-laden, wax-paper-wrapped and steaming,
call this honest breakfast offering;
call this calling motion, call it plea for rest.
ANDER MONSON draws from his life in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, the Deep South, and Saudi Arabia. He has an MFA from the University of Alabama. He edits the magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press, and publishes widely. His book of poems, Vacationland, was published by Tupelo Press in 2005. His novel in stories, Other Electricities, was released by Sarabande Books this spring as well.